1105-1165 O'Brien Drive


Tarlton Properties has submitted an application to construct a new five-story research and development (R&D) building, approximately 131,285 square feet in size, with a surface parking lot. An approximately 2,760 square-foot café would be located on the ground level of the R&D building with an entrance off of a proposed pedestrian plaza at the front of the site. The proposal would include the provision of community amenities in exchange for bonus level height and FAR. the project sites contain existing, one-story warehouse/R&D buildings that would be demolished as part of the project.

City staff is evaluating the revised project proposal to refine the review process, tentative project schedule, required land use entitlements, and the appropriate level of environmental review. It is anticipated that the following land use entitlements would be applicable to the proposed project:

  • Environmental review
  • Use permit
  • Architectural control
  • Below Market Rate (BMR) housing agreement
  • Lot merger

Current status

In November 2020, a revised project proposal that removed the parking structure from the proposed project was submitted to the City's Planning Division.

On July 16, 2018, the Planning Commission held a study session to the review the proposed project. Among the Commission's feedback was a request to provide better architectural integration between the proposed R&D building and parking structure, consider reducing the parking ratio below 2.5 spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area on the site to reduce the size of the parking structure, and provide additional screening to obscure vehicles parked on the ground level of the parking structure.

Environmental review

A contract to start the environmental review process was approved by the City Council on December 4, 2018. An initial study is being prepared for the project. Depending on the initial study findings, a focused environmental impact report (EIR) will be prepared for topics that require further analysis.

CEQA documents

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Tom Smith
Acting Principal Planner




1105-1165 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025  View map

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